08/21/14 4:22pm

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Here’s the latest  Alexandria Virginia crime report. These were among incidents reported by the Alexandria Police Department and published in the weekly Washington Post Alexandria/Arlington Extra. This week’s list includes an abduction, a sexual assault, fraud cases as well as vandalism and more.

REMINDER: You can track these yourself using the new RAIDSOnline.com database.

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08/21/14 3:57pm

As we told you last week, Capital Bikeshare is expanding in Alexandria in August with eight (8) new stations in Carlyle, Del Ray, and Potomac Greens (see expansion map at link). Above is a photo from the newest Potomac Greens station located at Potomac Greens Drive and Slaters Lane in the Potomac Greens area of Alexandria, Virginia.

08/21/14 3:23pm
APD Van

The Alexandria Police Department has noticed a rise in thefts of motorcycles in Alexandria, specifically at the west end of the City of Alexandria. While the number of thefts is approximately the same amount as this time last year, over 40% of the larcenies have occurred in the last two months.

Please review the tips below and share them with your fellow bike owners:

  • See suspicious trucks or vans idling in the area? Report them to local police; that is how most stolen motorcycles are transported from the scene.
  • Lock your ignition and remove the key. Many bike thefts occur when the ignition is shut off, but not locked.
  • Don’t lock your motorcycle in the same location all the time.
  • Uniquely mark and then photograph your bike. If stolen, note unique markings to law enforcement.
  • Add an audible alarm to your motorcycle.
  • Add a GPS recovery system.
  • Park in view of an outdoor security camera. If there isn’t one, choose an area with good lighting.
  • If parking in a garage, block your bike with cars and make sure the garage door is locked.
  • Do not advertise your bike on social media websites.
  • Use more than one type of lock, and anchor your motorcycle to something solid and immovable.
  • Wire a kill-switch or spring-loaded switch that must be held down when start button is depressed.
  • Use a cover for a less popular brand of bike to discourage thieves from inspecting yours.

Always call the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.4444 if you see suspicious people or activity taking place.

08/21/14 3:13pm

Crime

Via The Carlyle Community Council

The Carlyle area has been the site of theft and vagrancy incidents this summer. In August, four laptop computers have been stolen from office buildings. The suspect is described as a male, well dressed, of dark complexion and short black hair. His modus operandi is to linger in hallways waiting for someone to use a “back door” exit and then gains access when that same individual returns to their suite, via the back door. This individual goes in the suite, taking one or two laptops and leaves via that same back door, walks down the stairwell and exits the building.

The other issue has been with a homeless gentleman who has been loitering, littering as well as publicly urinating in the Carlyle area. Local Police are aware of this person. There have been recent reports of similar incidents by other individuals.

If this occurs on your property, the Alexandria Police Department advises you to call the police non-emergency line at 703.746.4444. They have also advised Carlyle properties to post “private property” signs.

08/21/14 11:07am

See the Science Behind the Ice Well

child and ice blockAll families are invited to tour the historic tavern this Sunday, August 24, 2014 as Junior Docents, volunteers from grades 4 through 7, share their enthusiasm for history. Let your kids be inspired by their peers as they tour the tavern where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others made history. Tour features the tavern’s ice well and making a period dessert – ice cream. No reservations necessary. $5 for adults and $3 for children (ages 5 -12). 1 to 4 p.m.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.

For more information on Family Day, please visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.746.4242.

08/21/14 10:18am


As a car driver and a cyclist, I would be all for a cycletrack (see above from BeyondDC) over bike lanes on the narrow Old Town Alexandria, Virginia streets especially on Cameron and Prince Streets. IMHO, this would be the best approach to making the streets ‘complete’.

What do you think?